Belgian government frees up €240 million for cycling commuter

April 04, 2022

The Belgian government will be releasing 240 million euros to promote commuting by bicycle in the coming years. This was decided during the budget review, says Minister of Mobility Georges Gilkinet (Ecolo). In addition, the government will also release 30 million euros to ease the transport cost of employees. And last but not least, public […]

China’s BYD stopped making pure ICE cars once and for all

April 04, 2022

China’s second-biggest independent automaker next to Geely, BYD or Build Your Dream in English, announced on Sunday that it had stopped ultimately making cars with only an internal combustion engine (ICE). BYD will only continue to produce smaller ICE engines for its plug-in hybrids, next to battery-electric models, the sole focus left. On Twitter, BYD […]

Minister Peeters rejects idea of 100 kph speed limit on highways

April 01, 2022

The Flemish Minister of Mobility, Lydia Peeters (Open Vld), rejects the idea of introducing a maximum speed limit of 100 km/hour on the highways. Yesterday, we wrote that Groen, Flanders’ green political party, had suggested introducing a temporary speed limit of 100 kph on the highways. The measure would improve safety, save money and fuel, […]

Europ Assistance: “Belgians support sustainable mobility”

April 01, 2022

Two-thirds or 70% of Belgians are in favor of more sustainable mobility. Not surprisingly, the bicycle is the symbol of soft mobility for most Belgian road users. Plus: Belgians are mainly deterred from buying an electric car by the cost and the lack of charging stations. This is the conclusion of the first mobility barometer […]

Carrefour gears up to 3.000 EV chargers in France

March 31, 2022

Carrefour will install 3 000 charging points for electric vehicles in the car parks of its 400-plus Carrefour Market supermarkets by 2025. On Wednesday, the French multinational retail corporation announced that the franchise supermarkets should also be equipped. According to the press release, Carrefour will thus become France’s leading electric charging network, with more than […]

De Lijn finally launches tender for hundreds of e-buses

March 31, 2022

The Flemish public transport company De Lijn has launched procedures to purchase hundreds of electric buses, possibly up to 1 250. It involves buses of all sizes, ranging from 8 to 24 meters in length. De Lijn confirmed this on Wednesday, following the European Tender Journal publications. De Lijn’s ambition is to make its fleet […]

Belgian Greens want 100 kph speed limit on highways

March 31, 2022

Stijn Bex, Flemish MP for political party Groen, wants to lower the maximum speed on highways to 100 kilometers/hour. “Driving slower is less consuming.” According to Bex, the measure could save about 0,7 to 1,5 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers. The measure should only apply during the daytime. Björn Rzoska, leader of the parliamentary […]

Audi stops selling TDI diesel models in the Netherlands

March 31, 2022

Audi Netherlands announced on Thursday it will stop selling from April 2022 all TDI diesel models to focus on plug-in hybrids, fully battery-electric, and TFSI turbo gasoline models. The Dutch never were diesel addicts, and the demand for it in the premium segment shrank to a mere one percent last year. Audi Netherlands sees no […]

T&E: ‘Electric vans 25% cheaper than average diesel vans’

March 30, 2022

A new study in six major European markets by Transport and Environment (T&E) shows that today’s electric vans are, on average, 25% cheaper per km to operate than diesel vans. That is €0,15/km for the e-van versus €0,20/km for the diesel van. In another study published simultaneously, most fleet owners show to be prepared to […]

Fastned doubles charging revenue but still loses €24,6 million

March 29, 2022

Dutch fast-charging provider Fastned managed to double its revenue related to EV charging in 2021 to €12,4 million, +98% compared to the year before. But that doesn’t mean profitability yet. The net loss was still €24,6 million. The yearly report shows that the focus is still on expanding rapidly throughout Europe. Last year, Fastned opened […]

Mandatory flight tax will cost Belgian airlines €5 million

March 28, 2022

The mandatory flight tax will cost Belgian airline companies – Brussels Airlines, Air Belgium, and TUI Fly – five million euros, money they will have to pay out of their own pockets as they can’t impose it on customers for already booked flights. The decision to impose airlines a so-called ‘flight tax’ was taken last […]

T&E: ‘Ukrainian war makes using food crop for biofuels unacceptable’

March 25, 2022

According to Transport & Environment, the bioenergy sector burns every day a grain volume to the equivalent of 15 million loaves of bread to make ethanol for our fuels. The organization calls it immoral to continue driving on biofuels with grain prices skyrocketing. In stark contrast, the ethanol lobby claims this is the time to […]

Nissan to stop development Euro 7 compliant ICE cars

March 25, 2022

The Japanese carmaker Nissan has announced that it will refrain from investing in Euro 7-compliant pure combustion vehicles. Instead, the Japanese company will only introduce new passenger cars in Europe with partially or fully electric drives from 2023. The company expects 75% of its new cars in the region to be electrified by the 2026 […]

Dutch lower speed on highways since peaking fuel prices

March 24, 2022

Now that fuel prices are peaking, Dutch motorists are driving more slowly on highways. Probably to save fuel. The Dutch office for traffic data NDW (Nationaal Dataportaal Wegverkeer) noticed that last week, the average speed on 37% of Dutch highways was 1 km/hour lower than before the war in Ukraine began. Researchers of NDW analyzed […]

25 marine life studies for new Belgian offshore wind farm

March 23, 2022

A team of Belgian researchers is analyzing the effects of offshore wind farms on marine life. The nature reserve of the Princess Elisabeth Zone in the North Sea can only be used for energy production if the impact on plant and animal life is limited. The ‘EDEN 2000’ research project – ‘Exploring options for a […]

Urbike’s cargos find shelter in MIVB/STIB workshop

March 23, 2022

In Saint-Gilles, cargo bikes have replaced the trams in the former Belgrade workshop of the public transport company MIVB/STIB. The Brussels-based cyclo-logistics cooperative Urbike has taken up residence there, the result of a call for projects before the building is completely renovated. Urbike is one of the reference companies in delivering goods by cargo bicycle. […]

Washington State to ban ICE cars by 2030

March 22, 2022

The US State of Washington has passed a bill banning the sale, purchase, and registration of new gasoline-powered vehicles of the model year 2030 or later. If it becomes law, Washington will phase out internal combustion vehicles five years earlier than other ‘leading’ states like, for example, California. The transportation package is called ‘Move Ahead […]

Peeters kicks off new campaign to get people biking

March 21, 2022

Last weekend, Flemish Minister of Mobility, Lydia Peeters (Open Vld), and the Flemish Foundation for Traffic Science (Vlaamse Stichting Verkeerskunde, VSV) launched a new campaign to get more people on the bicycle. “Especially for short-distance trips,” she added. She gave the kick-off in Oudenaarde (East of Flanders). One of the figureheads of the campaign is […]

CurieuzenAir: ‘air quality in Brussels better than expected’

March 21, 2022

In general, the air quality in the Brussels region is better than expected. However, standards are still exceeded in the capital center and the vicinity of significant traffic axes. The results were obtained from CurieuzenAir, the most extensive air quality study of Brussels. As part of the CurieuzenAir project, air quality measurements were taken at 3 […]

Extra €1,6 million to tackle illegal waste dumping along highways

March 18, 2022

The Flemish Minister for Mobility, Lydia Peeters (Open Vld), allocates an additional 1,6 million euros to tackle illegal dumping along the Flemish highways. Last year, the Agency for Roads and Traffic (Agentschap Wegen en Verkeer, AWV) collected 1,34 million kg (1 343 tons) of trash along the Flemish regional roads and highways. A decrease of […]

Flanders and Germany turn to Norway for ‘blue’ hydrogen

March 18, 2022

Flanders and Germany are betting on faster adoption of hydrogen to cut gas reliance from Russia. Flanders wants to convert natural gas from Norway to hydrogen in the port of Ghent, while Germany is starting a feasibility study for transporting H2 from Norway through a pipeline. The Flemish minister-president said that hydrogen is the only […]

EU agrees on ‘battery passport’ for more sustainability

March 18, 2022

The Ministers for the Environment of the European Union have reached an agreement in Brussels on the rules for using and reusing industrial batteries and batteries for domestic use. Future batteries should be more sustainable, reusable, and have a longer life-span. This implies that the production, use, and processing of used batteries has to become […]

British tire maker Enso first to get sustainability B-Corp certificate

March 16, 2022

British Enso is the first tire manufacturer to receive a B-Corp certification, a much sought-after approval by companies who want to develop in a more sustainable way. In this case, tires are especially suited for EVs with lower fine particles output and promising longer ranges. Enso claims that regular tires aren’t optimized for electric vehicles […]

Federal Ombudsman wants aerial LEZ at Brussels Airport

March 16, 2022

The noisiest and heaviest aircraft must be banned from Brussels Airport. That is what the Federal Ombudsman for the national airport, Philippe Touwaide, has stated at a press conference on Tuesday. “There are infringements every night, and we don’t pursue them,” Touwaide said, citing the case of noisy aircraft such as Boeing 777s at night […]

Belgian Greens propose €8 billion plan to get of fossil fuel drip

March 16, 2022

Flemish Minister for Energy, Tinne Van der Straeten (Groen), has finally resigned to the idea of keeping the two youngest nuclear power plants open. The final decision will be made on Friday, but the war in Ukraine has reshuffled the cards thoroughly. On top of that, the green parties Groen and Ecolo would like to […]

Northvolt Drei, second giga-battery plant in Germany

March 16, 2022

Swedish battery manufacturer Northvolt announces a second giga-battery factory to be built in Germany, in the northern part, in Heide (Schleswig-Holstein). Volkswagen has a deal with the Swedish for building ‘Northvolt Zwei, in Salzgitter, so this plant is baptized ‘Northvolt Drei’ (Northvolt Three). The new battery factory should have an annual potential capacity of 60 […]

Flanders frees €218 million extra to lower energy consumption

March 15, 2022

The Flemish government will increase premiums for renovation, insulation, heat pumps, and renewable energy for this and next year. The budget will go up from 440 to 658 million euros, or 218 million euros more to subsidize heat pumps, solar boilers or insolation works at homes up to €25 000. The main goal is to […]

Walloon climate citizens’ panel proposes 100 km/h on highways

March 14, 2022

At a general assembly in Namur on Sunday, the 168 recommendations were presented of a special panel of sixty Walloon citizens, selected by lottery, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the region by 55% at least. After fifteen meetings, this civic panel has concluded a report spanning over nine areas that were subsequently arranged according […]

Mercedes will recycle battery systems for 96%

March 14, 2022

Mercedes-Benz has presented its global strategy for recycling electric vehicle battery systems. This initially includes the construction of the company’s own pilot battery recycling factory in Kuppenheim, Germany, and plants in China and the USA. The recycling factory in Kuppenheim, Baden, Germany, had already been confirmed by the Group in November 2021, when the planned […]

Russia’s invasion makes green hydrogen cheaper than grey

March 11, 2022

What was deemed impossible until recently, has suddenly become a reality because of Putin’s war in Ukraine. According to an analysis by BloombergNEF grey – or polluting – hydrogen has become more expensive than its green alternative due to the critical rise in prices for fossil natural gas it is made from. In Europe, it […]

EPA proposes ‘Clean Trucks Plan’ for all of the US

March 09, 2022

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed new rules to slash air pollution from heavy-duty vehicles. The new standard mainly addresses nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions and particulate matters (PM) and should come into effect for trucks and buses manufactured in 2027 and later. The last standards date from 20 years ago. The authorities plan to […]

IEA: ‘Global energy CO2 emissions in 2021 highest ever’

March 09, 2022

According to a new International Energy Agency (IEA) report, global energy-related CO2 emissions in 2021 rose to the highest level ever. Increased use of coal was the main factor driving up global energy-related CO2 emissions. The Covid-19 pandemic had far-reaching impacts on energy demand in 2020, reducing global CO2 emissions by 5,2%. However, the world […]

Wide expansion of ULEZ zone across Greater London

March 08, 2022

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced his decision to expand the Ultra-Low-Emission Zone (ULEZ) to all of Greater London. As for now, the zone covers the areas within the North and South Circular Roads, but under the expansion, the whole territory within the M25 will be monitored for polluting cars. The rules remain […]

T&E: ‘Why flying less is best way to sustainable aviation’

March 08, 2022

Today, Transport & Environment (T&E), the European Federation for Transport and Environment, publishes its ‘Roadmap to climate-neutral aviation’. According to the organization, progress in technology and the lessons learned during the pandemic have shown a way to green aviation in Europe. To bring Europeʼs aviation industry in line with our climate goals, binding measures have […]

UN sign convention to end global plastic pollution

March 03, 2022

On Wednesday, the United Nations Environmental Assembly (UNEA) has endorsed a worldwide resolution to end plastic pollution by the end of 2024. The convention is called ‘historical’ and is one of the greenest deals since the Paris Climate Agreement in 2015. “Today marks a triumph by planet earth over single-use plastics. This is the most […]

Ryanair adds 20 extra destinations from Charleroi

March 03, 2022

Airline Ryanair is going to expand its summer offer at Charleroi significantly. Twenty destinations will be added at Charleroi, announced Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary. These include Naples, Madeira, Sibiu, and Stockholm. Ryanair is thus flying to 121 destinations from Belgium, an absolute record, claims the low-cost carrier. The company is very optimistic and hopes […]

Audi certifies V6-diesel engines for HVO

March 03, 2022

After a number of its four-cylinder diesel engines getting an XTL (X-to-liquid) sticker on their fuel hatch in 2021, Audi has certified its V6 diesel engines up to 210 kW (286 pk) for using sustainable HVO fuel. But actually, nothing has changed technically, as most modern diesel engines can run this renewable fuel. HVO stands […]

Car carrier with burning EVs sinks to 3.000 meters

March 02, 2022

The car carrier Felicity Ace, catching fire nearly two week ago passing by the Azores with some 4 000 vehicles aboard, has sunk on Tuesday to a depth of more than 3.000 meters on the ocean floor. Several EVs on board kept on burning for days, but apparently, the massive smoke was no longer seen. […]

Stellantis’ U-turn to 100% electric in Europe by 2030

March 02, 2022

With the symbolic presentation of the first fully electric Jeep to hit the markets next year, Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares has paved the way for the group to sell only 100% electric passenger cars in Europe by 2030. We may expect a fleet of 75 different BEV models, and he hopes to sell five million […]

Brussels’ Sainctelette-IJzer area will get complete make-over

March 02, 2022

Brussels Mobility wants to reorganize the Sainctelette Square and the IJzer Square that are lying side by side. Both squares should become one open space with more room and comfort for cyclists, pedestrians, and public transport. About three years ago, the Sainctelette Square was ‘declared’ Brussels’ most dangerous junction. The actual reorganization plans should alter […]

Ghent introduces first e-buses of De Lijn

March 02, 2022

Ghent is the third Flemish city to introduce silent and emission-free e-buses from public transport company De Lijn. The buses will be used on line 6, between ‘Gent Watersportbaan & Mariakerke Post’ as of Tuesday. The e-buses in Ghent are products of VDL. They have a 200 km range, and they will be charged overnight […]

Toyota Logistics bets on trains to reduce carbon footprint

March 02, 2022

Toyota Motor Europe (TME) has sent its first batch of Yaris cars across the channel by train freight. This stepping stone will lead to a broader logistics network that ultimately connects the European plants of the car manufacturer by rail. As a result, it targets a significant CO2 reduction. In France, Toyota’s Valenciennes Vehicle Logistics […]

New IPCC report: ‘Nature can’t keep up with global warming’

March 01, 2022

The impact of climate change is more severe than expected. All over the world. Even when global warming would stop at 1,5 degrees Celsius. That is the conclusion of the latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) of the United Nations. The climate experts say that extreme weather conditions, floodings, and forest […]

Daimler delivers first series-produced eActros trucks

March 01, 2022

Daimler Trucks has delivered its first seral-produced eActros trucks to clients in Germany. DB Schenker, a division of German rail operator Deutsche Bahn that focuses on logistics, got the first one in Leipzig. Logistics service provider Dachser in Stuttgart also got the keys to an eActros 300. Both were part of the initial test program. […]

Belgian rail gets 445 million euros extra to invest

February 28, 2022

Belgian rail network manager, Infrabel, and rail company NMBS/SNCB will be able to invest an additional 445 million euros in the coming years thanks to European and federal money. The money comes on top of the investments via the traditional allocations they receive. For Infrabel, it is 357 million euros, for NMBS/SNCB 88 million euros. […]

‘Most European cities not ready for zero-emission mobility’

February 25, 2022

Most of the most prominent Belgian cities will still have a long way before achieving ‘clean, active, and shared mobility’. That is the conclusion of a study by the Clean Cities Campaign, a coalition of European regions. The study criticized the cities according to five criteria: traffic safety, air quality, local authorities’ measures (like low-emission […]

BMW joins sustainable lithium initiative

February 25, 2022

The BMW Group has joined the Responsible Lithium Partnership initiated in 2021 by Volkswagen, Daimler, BASF, and Fairphone for sustainable lithium mining in Chile. Even after the split of Daimler AG into Daimler Truck and the Mercedes-Benz Group, both parts are still members of the alliance, making BMW the sixth company to join the group. […]

Belgium plans new energy connections with UK and Norway

February 24, 2022

On Wednesday, the federal government has signed an agreement with the British government and Norway to strengthen their energy cooperation. This far-reaching cooperation should guarantee Belgium’s energy supply. The Belgian Prime Minister, Alexander De Croo (Open Vld), and his Norwegian colleague, Jonas Gahr Store (Labour Party), confirmed the agreement with their signatures. Belgium already has […]

Belgium’s first green hydrogen plant gains momentum

February 24, 2022

The Hyoffwind consortium with Colruyt’s Virya Energy and grid manager Fluxys expects its green hydrogen project in Zeebrugge, Belgium’s first 25 MW hydrogen electrolyzer plant, to get its building permit by the middle of 2022. It should be operational by the end of 2023. The consortium has granted the building contract of the factory to […]

Fifteen Citroën Amis as company car incentive

February 23, 2022

Belgian household services provider Ekoservices has just added 15 Citroën Amis to its fleet of company cars. The service provider is making a statement because, as a local assistance supplier, a small electric vehicle with a maximum speed of 45 km/hour is a remarkable choice. At Citroën, they describe their Ami as ‘disruptive urban mobility’. […]

Elia creates WindGrid subsidiary to expand offshore activities

February 23, 2022

The Belgian energy provider Elia has given the green light for the exploitation of new activities at sea. The company will create a subsidiary, called WindGrid, to connect wind farms at sea and build out a European electricity network. WindGrid gets Markus Laukamp at the helm as CEO, coming over from German STEAG New Energies, […]

Germany wants ICE cars tolerated longer than 2035

February 23, 2022

Germany has joined France in opposition to banning all ICE cars (with an internal combustion engine) in Europe by 2035. On Monday, the German Transport Minister, Volker Wissing (FDP), has pleaded to study synthetic fuels as an alternative to use in ICE cars. The European Transport and Infrastructure Ministers and other representatives were united at […]

Brussels approves Pentagon’s circulation plan

February 22, 2022

The Brussels City Council has given the go-ahead to the new circulation plan for the capital’s Pentagon by a large majority. The new circulation plan aims to reduce transit traffic in the busy downtown districts and give pedestrians, cyclists, and public transport space. The intention of the alderman for Mobility Bart Dhondt’s plan is to […]

Canalys: ‘EV adoption level is highest in the world in Europe ‘

February 18, 2022

Sales of electric vehicles, including battery-electric and plug-in hybrids, rose by 109% last year, according to research by analyst company Canalys. Demand for electric cars is gaining strong momentum globally, but the growth of more than 109% shows a very different face from one region to the other. Where electric vehicles represent 15% of the […]

Bastogne home of ‘largest active backup battery site Benelux’

February 18, 2022

At the Kyndryl data center – a spin-off of IBM’s data infrastructure branch – in Bastogne, the ‘largest active battery’ of the Benelux has delivered already 16 000 megawatt-hours of backup energy since the startup in December to Belgian high voltage grid manager Elia. Grid managers like Elia continuously monitor the grid to keep supply […]

Polestar goes for bonded aluminum chassis

February 18, 2022

For its Polestar 5, the Geely-daughter and exclusive manufacturer of EVs will use a new chassis made of bonded aluminum in the Polestar 5 announced for 2024. The Swedish brand hopes to avoid the previous disadvantages with a specially developed manufacturing process. Bonded aluminum has a lot of advantages, the most important being lightweight and […]

Brussels to seal off city center from transit traffic

February 17, 2022

The Brussels Pentagon will become a low-traffic area as of 16 August. The city council has announced this. Less transit traffic should make the center more livable, accounting for no less than 42% of total traffic. The aim is to use loops, one-way streets, and traffic filters (which do not allow cars through) to ensure […]

City center Oxford is world’s first zero-emission zone

February 17, 2022

As of the 28th of February, the city of Oxford is putting the brakes on all non-zero emission vehicles in its city center. As part of a pilot project, only electric cars or vehicles running on hydrogen will be allowed free entrance.  Oxford will not block the innermost ring for vehicles with other drivelines, but […]

Belgian company starts mass-production of ‘green’ railway ties

February 17, 2022

The East Flemish concrete producer De Bonte will mass-produce green cross ties – green in both senses of the word – made from sulfur concrete. Sulfur is a waste product of the chemical industry. The result is a solid and environmentally friendly construction material. On Wednesday, the company officially inaugurated a new production line in […]